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Escape from Asylum

(Asylum 0)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,808 ratings  ·  332 reviews
The nightmare is just beginning…

Ricky Desmond doesn’t belong in the Brookline asylum. His parents sent him here because they think he’s a deviant—and that he can be cured—but Ricky knows there’s no cure for what he has.

Soon after he arrives, Ricky learns that being locked up against his will is only the beginning of his problems. Rumor has it that the Brookline warden auth
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by HarperCollins
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Amy Coates Personally, I liked reading it after the trilogy. It helps to picture where everything is as they described in the book as far as the wardens office…morePersonally, I liked reading it after the trilogy. It helps to picture where everything is as they described in the book as far as the wardens office and beyond.(less)
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May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
So I don't tend to read prequels often. Prequels and novellas are those things that I don't feel like they add anything to the story for the most part. But I really love the Asylum trilogy and I think about it all the time so when I saw this at the library I instantly brought it home and started it immediately.

I'm really glad I read this. It doesn't give too much background for the Asylum trilogy, but it does still have an interesting story, and it was interesting to see where the characters in
Anabella Córdoba
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Escape del Asylum es la precuela oficial de Asylum, sin embargo, existe una precuela antes de esta precuela que se llama El Director. Se tiene que leer en definitiva el Director, antes de este libro porque trata cosas spoiler de ese y si no lo leen no entenderán.
Sin embargo, este libro no me convenció tanto. Pensé que me iba a resolver muchas dudas generadas con Asylum y no me las resolvió.
Pienso que aún quedó muchos cabos abiertos en donde se podía profundizar más la historia. Además, no me g
Baker St Shelves
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you're interested in reading the Asylum series, I recommend starting with this book since this is a prequel that takes place in the 60's. We follow Ricky Desmond as he's wrongfully sent to a lunatic asylum that's run by a ruthless warden. As he tries to escape, he sees strange things that question his sanity. If you want a nice creepy read, then check this out.
Nicka (Read by Nicka)
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the teaser said this book can be read both as a stand alone and as a prequel to the series that shines more light on what happened in the old asylum. I think that the beginning of this book had more horror than the original series and this book had more of a creepy asylum vibe I liked. Although I loved Dan, Abby and Jordan but Ricky was also a likable character.
Sierra Winfield
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This rating system needs more than 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. As always the longer review is up on my blog. And again I wasn't able to put this book down. I read it in just a couple of hours or so and I really enjoyed it. Madeleine Roux knows how to spin a creepy tale. The pictures that are spaced through out the book make the book in my opinion. I'm not quite sure what to say about this book, except if you enjoy horror anything than you will definitely enjoy this book
Jean Claudia (Bookish Poetess)
“I wasted a lot of time thinking I was so smart and so hip. Now I just want to be good, and to do that I have to believe other people are good, too.”

Escape from Asylum is a prequel to the Asylum series which story circulated around Ricky Desmond, a teenage guy with a temper management issue. He is living with his mother and stepfather and has visited several institutions for his issue. But on the day he became violent towards his stepfather, Ricky has no other choice but to live in Brookline, an
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Ashley Gallegos
Dec 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. Really tried but never caught my attention. Total bummer because I really liked the main series.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

This prequel to the Asylum series continues the story of Brookline Asylum by taking us back to the 1960's and answering some of the questions raised in the other books. While I didn't find the story as strong as the first Asylum book, Escape from Asylum still kept me riveted. Like the previous books in the series, the creepy ghosts, brainwashing and horrific treatment of patients made my skin crawl at times. It conveyed a sense of claustrophobia, of being trapped and helpless. I became
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amber J
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teens and up
This is a story about Ricky. He's a teenager. He likes men and women and he has a bit of a temper. Which is why his mom and his step-dad Butch has admitted him to Brookline and Warden Crawford care. At first it isn't to bad. He makes a friend, Kay. She a beautiful dark skinned lady. She's been admitted to Brookline because she was born Keith and her dad couldn't have that. He throws on the charm and humor working to get that phone call home cause he knows once he talks to his mom she will come ...more
Todo brilla en los pasillos superiores, todo luce tranquilo y los problemas parecen no existir allí adentro, pero ese lugar esconde sus mayores secretos detrás de las sombras, en los pisos desconocidos y en sus pacientes.
No puedo decir que me encantó, no fue el mejor libro de la saga (y creo que fue un poco innecesario), sin embargo, hay algo que siempre me mantuvo pegada a cada página que aparecía por delante, las descripciones e imágenes siempre logran traer un buen ambiente. El libro en sí t
Brenda A
I don’t know why I keep hoping for something more from these books. This prequel is arguably better than the whole series with the exception of the first book simply because the scary moments WERE actually kind of creepy. The dream Ricky had about his mother like a doll and his stepfather all creaky and bent out of shape was the first time this author has given me the chills.

The breadth of characters was refreshing too, especially since it’s the late 1960s. It was considered deviant to be anyth
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked this a fair amount more than Asylum itself. It helped renew my desire to continue (which had dwindled after the first book). The haunting aspects vs reality are a strange mix. I actually liked both Ricky and Kay. I kept expecting trouble with Dennis, having read the first book. There are some odd mind games in this book that make you feel almost as lost as Ricky must have felt which was good. Still this is a very mild YA horror novel. Part supernatural, part psychological.
Nicole Alycia
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
I definitely thought the ending to this book would be a bit more dramatic than it actually was. Not that there wasn’t drama but it ended a bit more abruptly than I expected.
All in all I thought this was a solid prequel. It gave you a good history of the sick things that went on at Brookline before the school turned it into a dorm and caused all the events of the Asylum series to unfold. It really was twisted, some of the things they tried to do. It’s sad the way people were treated for bei
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The book was spooky and captivated my attention a lot more than I thought it would be able to. It has been so long since any horror novel or movie has scared me, but this one had my heart racing at some points. Well done.
Là tiền truyện của Asylum nhưng được viết sau và lời khuyên chân thành là cũng nên đọc quyển này sau Asylum. Cốt truyện bổ sung vào Asylum rất hoàn hảo và hoàn toàn logic. Tình tiết gay cấn, nhiều kiến thức mới lạ về các thí nghiệm trên bệnh nhân tâm thần ngày xưa xen lẫn với yếu tố rùng rợn. Trừ 1 sao cho cái kết khá hụt hẫng. Tóm lại đây vẫn là 1 quyển rất đáng đọc cho những ai thích dòng truyện kinh dị, có thể đọc sau Asylum, hoặc đọc một quyển này thôi mạch truyện cũng vẫn tốt.
siobhan Quinlan
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 cups of tea read. Was any interesting novel and the setting was creepy.
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Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2016
I wanted to like this book as much as I liked the other books in the series...however it was a struggle for me to read. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and felt a sense of one dimensional development. I'm not sure why I was not pulled into the twisted, creepy, and brutal halls of the asylum like I was in the other books...sigh.
Lone Matz
Very spooky! I thought the photos in this book were more spooky than the ones in the previous books. Sometimes I had to cover them up, ha-ha! Interesting to hear Rickys Story. Very scary stuff! I enjoyed it! :-) It was a good thrill! ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This YA story was better than I thought. There were good parts and bad. I will be reading the other three in this series because my reading instinct has been peeked.
Diana Torales
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
uf! lo amé ♥ Me duele despedirme de esta saga. aún no sé si 4 o 4.5 pero me encantó este libro.
Tal vez haya reseña
Ahmad Sharabiani
Escape from Asylum (Asylum 0.5), Madeleine Roux
Ally Guay
I am so glad that I decided to read this book. The series has always mocked me in a way. The series was constantly showing up in my recommendations, my friends were reading it etc. When I read that this was a prequel, I told myself that I had to buy this book when I saw it at Walmart lol. On that note, best $9.00 I have spent this month lol. It was gripping, exciting, scary, thrilling, enticing, there are so many other adjectives I could say! I loved the plot, and the author knows how to make yo ...more
I felt unimpressed. I wanted more of an asylum feel, if that makes sense? I wanted more on the procedures and more atmosphere to really make me feel like I was there. I also didn't feel like I was in the timeline. There was nothing really there to make me feel like I was in the 60's.

I also would have liked more info on Lucy and maybe some more background on the other characters. That would have drew me in way more. I kept wondering about Lucy and certain things that happened made me confused be
Bel Riddle
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ok, pudo haber sido mi favorito de la saga pero se notó mucho la ausencia de un Jordan *inserte emoticón de broken-heart*

Igual, la historia es desgarradora y espeluznante por igual. Muchas veces tuve que cerrar el libro y respirar profundo, porque Roux te canta todo como es, y la crudeza de las imágenes mentales que produce en algunos casos me dolieron físicamente. Maddie no necesita fotos para hacer que determinadas imágenes te queden grabadas en la retina, lo juro. Reseña completa próximamente
Samantha (SundressSecrets)
I now know the secrets to the asylum. The prequel was everything and more. This "seriously creepy" book tells everything you've been questioning since we've read about Dan, Abby, and Jordan. I recommend this entire series. I look forward to picking up House of Furies now // for reviews:
Lauren Roberts
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed getting to read this prequel as it explained a lot about some of the characters in the first in the series. Another terrifying insight into the mental institutions that were run until not that long ago. This fictional tale was interesting and looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia

Reseñado en mi blog Nanny Books

Aunque se supone que Escape del Asylum es una precuela, personalmente recomiendo leerla después del resto de los libros que componen la saga para no recibir spoilers. Entonces, el orden de publicación es el mejor, especialmente si lees todo de un tirón, ya que así no te perderás ningún detalle.

Ricky acaba de ser ingresado al hospital psiquiátrico que está bajo las órdenes del director Crawford. La enfermera Ash lo vigilará constantemente. Hacer amigos entre los pac
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This final chapter in the Asylum series took the reader down a dark and twisted backstory in the history of Brookline. Ricky and Kay fall victim to the struggles of being a minor in the 1960s and being placed in an asylum due to their parents' dislike of their behaviors; in Ricky's case, it's his defiance and oppositionality. In Kay's case, it's being transgender. These two are made to undertake the mad dealings of the warden, a man cray for power and legendary status, while dealing with the mad ...more
I was surprised to see this prequel as I was not aware there were going to be any more books for this series. I enjoyed how creepy and mysterious the Asylum books were. Those photographs interspersed in the books seemed real ans scary. I felt that this one was just okay. The Asylum books do get exciting especially with the mystery and the question whether what the characters see is real or not keeps the reader excited. I definitely felt for Ricky and Kay who were part of a time where LGBTQ was n ...more
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This prequel takes you back to the beginning...back to Brookline 1968. We get to meet many of the ghostly characters that are in the Asylum trilogy before they "vanished". If you have read the experience many "Aha!!" & "Oh Crap!" moments. Easy to follow, great to read. Totally enjoyed reading this book.
Emelie 🦉
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im a little Sad this story is over!

It was good but nothing extraordinary! The plot was a little weak from time to time, but i love the writing and the place! It was creepy and awful (as it should be in an asylum from the past) and thrilling and i mean it all in a good way!

People should definitely read this serie! Love it!
Kai Van
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
~More like 3.5/5☆

I love this series. This is a great addition to the story & provides good background if you've read the other books.

The only thing I wish is that there was a little more info on Kay at the end. I liked the ending, but a few more specifics on the how's & such with her would've been nice.
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how I really felt about this book. It ties the facility to the Asylum series and identifies a few characters, but it is its own separate read. I will say that it did have me looking forward to each new chapter as it has an interesting storyline.

It is narrated by a different narrator which always throws me off but I should have expected.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Interesting book. Still have some unanswered questions about the Warden and what the hell was really going on in the asylum. Ricky was a easy narrator to understand, but I was super confused about how old he was since they claimed he liked "younger" boys.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to read this series for a longgggg time! The wait was well worth far :)
I devoured this first book in the Asylum series in one day!
Thank you to my lovely daughter, Andrea, who bought this series for me as a Christmas present.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book fills in a few blanks in the series, but like the others, since it is told from the viewpoint of characters who aren't sure what's real and what's not, the reader also is left wondering, "What just happened here?" Yet the story is compelling and the book is a quick read, especially given that there are creepy asylum photos scattered throughout.
Diego Sanchez
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting for this sequel so much, since I was looking forward to meet the warden and all the bad things he did when he was in the position. It is my second favorite book from the saga, behind Sanctum, and I totally recommend this because we can see how some things that are normal in these days were considered like a problem in the old times. Also, the fact that this time the characters seemed more mature for me was a plus to see different points of view. I need to say that I don't have th ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun quick read, this prequel to the Asylum series was just what I hoped it would be. This entire series is great if you like YA horror that is a fast read and enhanced with pictures.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very eerie. This book gave me chills, I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked (hence being up I think 3am finishing it). I would recommend this book - now on to Asylum
Lee Anderson  drunk_on_bookz
Escape From Asylum is the prequel to the Asylum series which I thought were all fantastic. This book gives good insight to what Brookline was like in the late 1960's when it was still a functional asylum with one really creepy warden.
I found the start quite slow & hard to get into, although I was loving the characters.
Nurse Ash was a fantastic nurse & even though Ricky & Kay were the main patients the story focused on, the other patients had such character.
If u haven't read the As
Kim Friant
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Though Escape from Asylum is considered a prequel, I would not suggest reading it as the first book in the series. There is a lot of info that will fly over your head if you don’t have the foundation of Asylum, Sanctum, and the novellas. This one isn’t quite as scary as the other books are. This one is the perfect asylum story. Crazy doctor who experiments on the patients, electroshock, hypnosis, rebellious nurses, patient conspiracy, some paranormal activity, etc. This one could also function a ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May be better than the original three... I definitely cared about the characters more.
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MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly af

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